I really cant get into the psychology too much on what is better. I would spew a bunch of BS for about 10 pages then end up back where I started.
What's better Porsche or Ferrari? Blondes or Brunettes?
The psychology of buying different products has always baffled me. Bottom line? If you want it, you'll pretty much figure out a way to get it. Humans are very emotional thinkers....and buyers. All I can say is they are both great products and they do slightly different things.
I'm definately not a gimmick guy as when darin brought over his 3 different anamorphic lenses I put each one in front of my projector and basically said NEXT. If there isn't drastic noticable differences right off the bat for me it simply adds too much complexity/nonsense and I'll pass. However, I sit very far back so the compression with the lens really doesn't do much for my setup. The brightness can easily be handled in other ways for much less $$$. With that said, the SilverStar in my mind is a real product. It's not a gimmick. It delivers a fine image with higher gain and without some of the limitations that other high gain screens have.
The High Power to me had a great image too. Clean, bright and is a bargain. I think I would love this screen for watching HD sports and such as the image would just snap off the screen. Darin and I kinda joked that if we showed the Superbowl in my place to a bunch of AV nerds like us we would all probably congregate toward the middle for viewing. It's best image is definately on-axis. With the SilverStar this isn't a problem. You can walk all around the room and get a great image. It has the slightly softer look of a grey screen. Well, because it's silver. Don't forget the surface color of the screen does play a roll in image delivery. I found this very satisfiying especially for movies as it tended to add more depth to the image. Just make sure if you have some lighting it must be low and indirect. This is the only way to get the screen itself to totally disappear(as with all high powers).
I'm not really discounting what PerfKnee said about compressing the black or whites etc. The post just came out with a strong flavor of not seeing the forest for the trees. To say the comparisons are meaningless is itself a joke.
Yes, you can see slightly larger dynamic range in person. However, not everyone in the world can come to my living room. I think it's mind blowing that I can take a few controlled pictures and share them via this method and explain some of the findings with people 20,000 miles away. With that said, think about the path that is being taken for these images. Someone took the original picture with a piece of hardware. Put it on the net. I downloaded it to my computer which I then display through my projector onto a screen material. I then use another piece of hardware to take a picture of what's happening, then imported it into my computer, croped and resized it, then post to this server. You then bring the image up on your monitor and see with your own two eyes. An amazing overall journey. Yet you can still see basically what I'm seeing right here in my living room. In fact, in some ways I find the pictures that I post are even more representative because they don't confuse the viewer from all these nonsense subtleties that often distract us from just examining the obvious. It's true, some people get so wrapped up in the details of things they can't see what's really happening. Nobody's accused us high end AV geeks of that right?.
I can tell you one thing, there are probably some manufacturers and sales people all shaking their head at these pics and if you showed up in their store they would probably give you some convoluded disertation on why it's totally irrelevent and such. All the while playing directly into their sales pitch.
Look, the images I post on the forum are excellent examples of what I see with my own two eyes here in my living room. If they weren't, I wouldn't post em. I am not a sales agent for anybody. I'm actually a economic researcher for an insurance company. The SilverStar is a solid product. I highly doubt Vutec would send a full screen 3000 miles to some no name joker on the internet to review if the product didn't perform valiantly. Imagine the risk they took. No risk at all really if it's great product.
My agenda? call em as I see em.